State Finance Minister Shehan Semasinghe said that out of the 2 million Aswesuma beneficiary families, phased payments have commenced for 1.5 million families.

In the first phase, a total of Rs. 4.395 billion has been successfully transferred to the bank accounts of 689,803 beneficiaries.
Semasinghe stated that the second category’s monetary provision will come into place starting next week.
He conveyed these updates during a press conference held yesterday at the
Presidential Media Centre
Highlighting that around Rs. 15 billion is earmarked for assisting the 1.5 million shortlisted beneficiary families, the State Minister emphasised the prompt release of necessary funds for their support.
Queries concerning fund matters can be directed to the hotline number 1924 on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.Moreover, allowances for disabled individuals, the elderly, and kidney patients have already been disbursed.
Minister Semasinghe underlined that if Aswesuma benefits were acquired through fraudulent means, legal action would be initiated against such persons, and a mechanism would come into force to reclaim the disbursed funds.